Welcome to the UCA Chemistry Department! The Department of Chemistry at UCA consists of hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff who strive to solidify our department’s reputation for providing the highest quality undergraduate chemistry education in the state. This is outlined in our vision and mission statements. We take pride in the opportunities that provided for our students in our undergraduate-only chemistry program, approved by the American Chemical Society.
We offer the following four-year degree programs: BS with Major in Chemistry, BS in Chemistry/ACS-Certified Standard Track, BS in Chemistry/ACS-Certified Biochemistry Track, and BS in Environmental Science/Chemistry Track. Biochemistry is especially popular with premed students. We have 250 chemistry and pre-pharmacy majors, and approximately 10 chemistry majors graduate each year. Approximately 30 of our students are accepted to pharmacy school each year, which often means that we are the top contributor of students to pharmacy school in the state.
Our degree programs offer a number of possibilities after graduation. Most of our graduates pursue further education either in graduate school in chemistry or professional school. Other career options include working in industrial and governmental laboratories or teaching in the public schools. You can get an idea of the variety of opportunities available to you with a chemistry degree from UCA from a list of careers held by our alumni.
The department has sixteen award winning faculty members. Our faculty members work closely with students in the classroom and in research laboratories. Most chemistry majors collaborate with faculty members in the department's active research program. Each year, a large group of faculty and students present their research findings at national American Chemical Society meetings . More specifics about particular research projects of individual faculty are available by pursuing the faculty and staff link on the left.
Our department has a long tradition of providing service to the community. Students are encouraged to participate in these service activities as well as our Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society. While a chemistry major, students have opportunities to be employed by the department as tutors, undergraduate teaching assistants, undergraduate research assistant, student assistants in the departmental office, and student assistants in our chemical stockroom.
I invite you to visit and learn more about the Department of Chemistry at UCA by sending an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour. You also can call us at 501-450-5936. Mail should be addressed to
UCA Department of Chemistry; Laney 205, 201 Donaghey; Conway, AR 72035
Patrick Desrochers, Ph.D. Professor and Chair